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February PSPMI Mix and Learn | Keynotes by Joseph Pauley and Greg Smith

February 27, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Hotel 116 - Coast Bellevue
625 116th Ave NE,
Bellevue, WA 98004

You are invited to Puget Sound PMI's signature networking event which enables managers to share ideas and form relationships in their community and with hiring companies. Engage in discussions with peers on topics of technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management while enjoying complimentary hors-d'oeuvres. We encourage meeting new people and developing relationships. Managers have benefited from these mixers, and some have found employment as a result of relationships started at these events.

Delicious hors-d'oeuvres will be served and a no-host bar will be available.

This month Joseph Pauley and Greg Smith will be joining us to give two enlightening talks!


“Effective Meetings"

Joseph Pauley

Ineffective meetings are a tremendous waste of time and resources. To ensure that meetings have greater value and produce tangible results, they must be skillfully planned and executed.

Participants in this course explore how to set more effective meeting goals, develop best practice agendas, encourage participation, and facilitate difficult group dynamics.

Participants will improve their skills in:

  • Planning meetings.
  • Conducting meetings.
  • Improving results after meetings.
  • Gaining participation.


Joseph Pauley (JP), MA spent two decades building and leading high-performance teams, most notably a design team whose products have been voted “Best of the Web” by Forbes magazine multiple times and praised by the International Herald Tribune, Town & Country, and The Wall Street Journal. His specialties include designing and facilitating retreats, leadership development, strategic planning, and development of organizational capacity.

After graduating from West Virginia University, JP led web design and development teams. Later he received a Masters in Organizational Psychology and Certifications in Organizational Dynamics and Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change. Today he serves as past president of the Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network and works with a variety of organizations to build communication and leadership capacity in their teams.

Joseph utilizes his knowledge and experience to increase effectiveness in private, public, and non-profit organizations. As a trusted adviser, groups find his process positively changes their organizational dynamics as they work on specific goals. For example, he instituted a collaborative process when developing Nomura Trading’s multinational strategic plan. The result was engagement and understanding that spanned language and cultures. His strategic, systemic approach is enjoyable, entertaining, and challenging. Results are often better communication, leadership, and collaboration.

“Converting Your Project Management Office into a Value Management Office”

Greg Smith

Most of us are implementing Agile and Scrum teams, but we may not be applying Agile and Lean principles to the work being performed at the portfolio and program levels of our organization. 

In this discussion, Greg will cover the principles and practices that allow you to convert your existing Project Management Office into a Value Management Office (VMO).  We will discuss identifying the most valuable initiatives, and how to help your organization rapidly deliver value to your customers and business partners.

In detail, Greg will discuss the key areas that allow you to create a Value Management Office:

·         Identifying the optimal organization structure for delivering value.

·         Maintaining project teams after a project, to reduce time lost to storming and norming.

·         Applying relative estimation at the program level, to improve the accuracy of project estimates.

·         Deferring project chartering until the last responsible moment, to avoid waste and preserve options.

·         Improving prioritization by establishing a clear link to executive strategies.

He will also discuss the best methods for keeping project status in front of executives, and which metrics are the most important for a VMO.

Questions and interaction will be welcome throughout the discussion.

Greg Smith is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scaled Agile (SAFe) Process Consultant, and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner.

He is an Agile coach and trainer who specializes in the practical adoption of Agile methods. During his career, Greg has held positions as a Product Manager, Program Manager, Development Manager, Scrum Master, and Project Manager.

Since 2001, Greg has helped several Fortune 500 companies and major institutions move to Agile including Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan Chase, StubHub, Microsoft, Nike, Stanford University, First Data Corporation, Fannie Mae, Expeditors International, Lexis Nexis, The State of Washington, CDW, and TD Ameritrade.


Parking: Free parking at Coast Hotel 116, Bellevue.

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$15.00 Member General Admission
$20.00 after 12:05 am February 25
$10.00 Earlybird rate before February 18

$20.00 Non-member General Admission
$25.00 after 12:05 am February 25
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 18